Halloween Baking Championship: Meet the Bakers

Get to know the eight bakers willing to take on hair-raising challenges for a chance to win $25,000.

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Andrew Fuller – Des Moines, Iowa

A home bakery owner, Andrew loves Halloween and embraces weirdness in everyday life. He owns four hairless cats and three Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Lyndsy McDonald – Sarasota, Florida

Lyndsy is executive pastry chef at a high-end hotel who studied at Johnson and Wales. She loves Halloween because it’s the one holiday she gets to spend with her three kids.

Jamal Lake – West Palm Beach, Florida

Jamal is originally from the Virgin Islands and currently owns a bakery in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Brenda Villacorta – New York, New York

Brenda is a classically trained pastry chef who has created desserts for two restaurants with three Michelin stars.

Brian Fishman – Oceanside, New York

Brian owns Sweet Karma Desserts, a cake boutique and dessert shop in Long Island, New York. His love of Halloween comes from going on five-hour trick-or-treating adventures with his son.

Cicely Austin – Anderson, South Carolina

Cicely is the executive pastry chef at a university. She loves to create desserts with big, bold flavors and textures.

Steven Vargas, Jr. – Houston, Texas

Steven is a pastry cook at a luxury hotel in Houston. He embraces the fantasy element of Halloween rather than the horror side.

Michelle Honeman – Beaverton, Oregon

This home baker lets her wild side shine on Halloween. She likes to go all out and create creepy, realistic costumes and desserts.